MORSE CODE GOING THE WAY OF SEMAPHORING? THAT'S  -... ..- .-.. .-.. ... .... .. - !!!

. . . [T]he government will no longer require Morse Code proficiency as a condition for an amateur [radio] license.

This seems terribly shortsighted. How could the townspeople from "The Day After," the radio men from "Independence Day," or the gang from "Jericho" have communicated with the outside world if not for Morse code? In all seriousness, we sure hope people don't stop learning the code just because they don't have to.

UrlAIN'T THAT A -... .. - -.-. ....? NO, THE OTHER ONE

The same gang of Korean cloners who claimed the first successful canine cloning a few years back -- but were later tarred by discoveries that they had fabricated results in two other studies in which they claimed to have cloned the world’s first human embryos -- now claim to have achieved the first cloning of a female dog. This has long been considered a major milestone target in the cloning field -- because of the complexity of the canine reproduction system.

We'll take their word for that.

NOT THE MOST WONDEFUL THING ABOUT TIGGERS

More trouble at Disney World, and of course FD is eager to share it with you all: A "cast member" in a Tigger suit is accused of hitting a boy on the head. When interviewed by park security officers, Roo said he didn't see a thing. . .

OUR RECOMMENDATION: NEVER LET ANYONE FROM CONSUMER REPORTS DRIVE YOUR CAR   

In case you missed it, which seems virtually impossible, Consumer Reports announced the other day that  10 out of 12 leading car-seat models failed to protect kids in their privately-administered crash tests. Car-seat makers are disputing the results, but the news here may be Consumer Reports' scoop that the government crash-tests cars at 35-38 miles per hour, but only crash-tests car seats at 30 miles per hour.

In other news, it doesn't matter what car seat you use because, at the end of the day, you're too stupid to use the LATCH system properly, so Timmy's going through the windshield whether he's slumped in a Britax or a Graco: “LATCH was supposed to simplify child safety seat installation for parents and. . . that isn’t happening," said NHTSA Administrator Nicole R. Nason.

THE CHILD WILL ALSO STILL BE ALLOWED TO CLAIM HER FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO BERKELEY

Toys “R” Us Inc. agreed on Saturday to award a Chinese-American infant a $25,000 prize in a New Year’s baby contest after the company came under fire for disqualifying the girl because her mother was not a legal U.S. resident.

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